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Designing the Perfect Floorplan for your DIY camper

Embracing the spirit of adventure, many outdoor enthusiasts and wanderers have turned to DIY campers to explore the world on their terms. Building your own camper not only gives you the freedom to customize every detail but also brings a sense of accomplishment as you create a unique home-on-wheels tailored to your needs. One of the most critical aspects of a DIY camper project is designing the floorplan. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the process of creating a floorplan for your dream DIY camper.


Work equipment for this phase


Roll and folding rule



Define your requirements

Before sketching any designs, take some time to reflect on what you need and want from your camper. Consider the number of people it should accommodate, the essential amenities, and any specific features that will enhance your comfort and convenience. Think about the type of traveling you’ll be doing and the places you plan to visit, as these factors can influence the layout and size of your camper.

Gather Inspiration & Create a Mood board

With a clear idea of your requirements, gather inspiration from various sources. Explore online forums, social media groups, and DIY camper blogs to see what others have created. Take note of layouts that appeal to you, as well as any innovative space-saving solutions that could be incorporated into your design. Create a mood board for your camper to get a clear view.

Choose a Layout

Based on your requirements and the inspiration you’ve gathered, select a layout that suits your needs. Some popular camper layouts include:

  1. Standard/fixed Layout: A simple design with a fixed bed, kitchenette, and a small dining area. Ideal for solo travelers or couples. we chose this layout because we didn’t want to set up and take down our bed every day. And we think we have more space under our fixed bed where we can leave everything.

  2. Convertible Layout: This flexible layout allows you to transform different areas, such as the dining space, into additional sleeping quarters. Or that you can move the beds away and turn them into sofas

  3. Open Layout: A spacious and versatile design that provides enough room for storage and activities.

  4. Custom Layout: If you have unique requirements or want to experiment with something different, a custom layout might be the best choice. For example when you want to bring your motorbike with you inside the van.

Consider Ergonomics and Practicality

Efficient use of space is crucial in a DIY camper. Pay attention to ergonomics and practicality when designing the floorplan. Ensure that essential amenities are easily accessible, and that there is enough storage for all your gear and belongings. Consider the flow of movement inside the camper and how you will use different areas on a daily basis.

Sketch Your Floorplan

Armed with your chosen layout and a clear vision of the camper’s interior, it’s time to sketch the floorplan. You can either draw this with just a pen and paper or you can use different computer programs such as Adobe Illustrator or even Microsoft Paint. Include the main components, such as the bed(s), kitchenette, dining area, bathroom (if applicable), and storage spaces. Don’t forget to mark windows and doors, as they’ll play a role in the overall layout too. Your floor plan should not only include all the furniture, but also more for the practical matters such as electricity, gas- & water systems (clear and grey water tanks, hoses…).

You can find our floorplan below, we made this in Adobe Illustrator.

Review and Refine

Once your initial sketch is complete, review the floorplan critically. Seek input from family and friends. Or maybe send it to us so we can give our opinion about is? You might gain valuable insights and ideas to improve the design. Refine the floorplan until you are satisfied that it meets all your needs and is feasible for your project.

Build and Test

With the final floorplan in hand, it’s time to start building your DIY camper. Remember that the actual construction process might bring about unforeseen challenges or opportunities for further refinements. Stay open to adjustments as you go along.


Designing a floorplan for a DIY camper is an exciting and essential part of the camper-building journey. By carefully considering your requirements, gathering inspiration, and utilizing smart design principles, you can create a floorplan that maximizes comfort, functionality, and personalization. With your dream floorplan as a guide, start your DIY camper project and embark on countless unforgettable adventures in your very own custom-built home-on-wheels.


This blog is a guide on how we converted our camper. We are also not responsible for any problems or damage during the conversion of your camper.

The information on this blog is to be used at your own risk and your own judgement. You assume full responsibility and liability for your own actions.

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